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Still looking for those wines to pair with holiday dinners? Whether Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or a Festivus airing-of-grievances, we've got plenty of delicious choices to taste today, sure to suit any gustatory occasion!
Domaine Eric Hérault Chinon AOC "l'Hérault'in" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Domaine Hérault comprises 24 hectares of vines planted on the plain and hillsides next to the Château de Panzoult. Cabernet franc has been grown here since 1964, and chenin blanc was planted in 2015. Visitors are welcome at the old castle farm, but if you can't make the trip, you can still treat your taste buds to the experience! This glorious white Chinon showcases the best of Loire Valley chenin blanc, offering up enticing hints of honeysuckle and a rich mouthfeel of fleshy pear, apple, quince, and stonefruit, all tied together with dazzling acidity and electric minerality on the bone dry finish. Layers upon layers of flavor and texture abound here, making for a truly elegant quaff. A quiet stunner, this is sure to delight with dishes such as roast turkey, goose (if you're feeling somewhat Dickensian!), or Brie or Gruyère cheeses.
Quivira Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley Fig Tree Vineyard 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SONOMA COUNTY - DRY CREEK VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Located in Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County, Quivira was founded in 1981 by Henry and Holly Wendt. Named for a legendary kingdom, believed to have prospered centuries ago in Sonoma, the estate is planted to nearly 73 acres of wine grapes. Vineyards stretch from the western banks of Dry Creek up onto adjacent hillsides, with Fig Tree Vineyard being especially suited to sauvignon blanc. The site is located at the confluence of two waterways, Wine Creek and Dry Creek. The alluvial, rocky soils of the streambeds contribute a beautiful mineral freshness to the wines, made from both traditional sauvignon blanc as well as the rare Musqué clone (known for adding complexity and aromatic lift). That aromatic intensity is a hallmark of this vintage, bursting with succulent floral notes on the nose that yield to green grass, tropical fruits (melon, guava, passion fruit, and pineapple), and racy acidity on the palate. Additional layers of crushed herbs, lemongrass, and ginger contribute a surprising depth and complexity, finishing round and smooth thanks to the blend of tank and neutral barrel aged lots. This enchanting single vineyard sauvignon blanc is a beautiful match with crab and artichoke salad or warm goat cheese fritters.
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Rioja DOCa Reserva 2009
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa Reserva / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA --- Founded in 1890 by five families, Viña Ardanza draws upon generations of experience in traditional winemaking (their own cooperage, manual racking, long ageing periods), and combine it with modern technology to yield the best possible quality wines. This Reserva is an exemplary offering from the region: 80% tempranillo from 30 year old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, with 20% garnacha from old vines in Tudelillo, in Rioja Baja.The grapes are separately fermented, using natural yeasts, then matured separately in American oak barrels before blending. Brilliant cherry red in color, this has an intense nose of spicy black pepper, raspberry, candied cherries, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and hints of leather and smoky minerals. Juicy red fruit on the palate is elegantly offset by seductive notes of mocha, coconut, and tobacco, complemented by balanced acidity and silky tannins on a refined finish. Powerful yet graceful, this is sure to elevate any holiday table! A delightful companion to garlicky mushroom tapas on crusty bread or herb-crusted pork loin.
Domaine Hauvette Les Baux de Provence AOC "Cornaline" 2011 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE /Appellation: LES BAUX DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Domaine Hauvette is located not far from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a tourist town known for Roman ruins and as the place where Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night”. Nestled among the foothills of Les Alpilles, the vines are surrounded by a rocky and wild landscape—the clay and limestone soil retains moisture for the arid summer months, the legendary mistral wind blows half the year, and garrigue (wild brushy herbs) is seemingly everywhere. In the 1980s, Dominique Hauvette left her job as a lawyer in the Savoie to seek sunshine and rediscover her passion for raising horses. Moving to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, she began studying enology, and now, over three decades later, she has 17 hectares of vines and has garnered international renown for making outstanding natural wines. Dominique’s conversion to biodynamic viticulture began in 2000, building on her already intuitive organic practices. In the cellar, she maintains a non-interventionist philosophy and is very low-tech, although not afraid of experimentation (she was one of the first winemakers to use concrete fermentation eggs.) Like Didier Barral and Catherine and Pierre Breton, Dominique is a trailblazer in the natural wine movement, each year pushing the quality of her wines higher and higher with uncompromising standards. "Cornaline" is a hearty blend of grenache, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon that might seem built for cellaring (and it will age nicely), but it happens to pretty charming right now! With several years of aging at the domaine already taken care of, this rich, velvety red is sure to impress. Aged in large oak foudres, its glorious elements of ripe dark fruits, sage, baking spices, and earth leap from the glass, woven together in a complex, beguiling tapestry. You could happily age this for a decade or more, but why wait? Open now with beef daube Provençal or garlic-crusted roast rack of lamb.